Court Street Attorney Says ‘Playboy’ Verdict an Example of NYPD Abuse

February 23, 2012 Brooklyn Eagle Staff
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BROOKLYN HEIGHTS — A day after a New York City jury awarded a former Playboy playmate $1.2 million, her Brooklyn attorney Sanford Rubenstein held a press conference yesterday to argue that this case is simply an example of the problems with the NYPD.

“A jury verdict of $1,218,000 in favor of Stephanie Adams, a former Playboy centerfold, as a result of her lawsuit against the city for excessive use of force by police, demonstrates that there is a real problem that exists in this city with regard to the excessive use of force by police against ordinary citizens,” said Rubenstein, of 16 Court St.

Adams has filed a lawsuit to recover damages for injuries she suffered during a 2006 scuffle with police based on a taxi driver’s false accusation that she was armed and dangerous.

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Adams claimed that officers threw her on the ground at gunpoint after she got into an argument with the cabbie. She says the driver refused to help carry her bags into her apartment then called 911 and falsely told police she had a gun and was going to shoot him.

Adams says she suffered permanent neck and back injuries from the rough treatment.

The Daily News says the city Law Department is considering its options, including asking the judge to reduce the award or overturn the jury’s Tuesday verdict.

—The Associated Press,

and Ryan Thompson

Brooklyn Daily Eagle

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